Air America: Rush Is Right On Fairness Doctrine
The founder of liberal talk radio network Air America, Jon Sinton, says Rush Limbaugh is right when it comes to opposition to the controversial Fairness Doctrine, and sides with the conservative talk radio icon against the anti-free speech legislation.
“I believe that for the last eight years Rush Limbaugh and his ilk have been cheerleaders for everything wrong with our economic, foreign and domestic policies,” Sinton writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Monday. “But when it comes to the Fairness Doctrine, I couldn’t agree with them more. The Fairness Doctrine is an anachronistic policy that, with the abundance of choices on radio today, is entirely unnecessary.”
Sinton credits Limbaugh for making what AM radio is today, and disagrees with fellow liberals who whine that Limbaugh would have flopped if the 1987 repealing of the Fairness Doctrine had not happened. Instead, Sinton argues Limbaugh’s success lies in his strength as “a superior entertainer”.
Sinton also opines that liberal talk radio shows flopped because most were “boring” and successful entertainers like Mike Malloy were out of place in a conservative line-up. In addition, most top radio station brass hold a conservative Republican perspective (which does not explain the ratings success of ultra-liberal Lynn Samuels on conservative bastion WABC in New York City during the late 80’s and 90’s, or how liberal Howard Stern transcended radio into the American consciousness at the height of his success).
Instead of re-imposing the Fairness Doctrine, Sinton concludes, market forces and free speech should let American consumers decide on what they want to hear. If you don’t want to listen to Limbaugh, listen to Air America, says Sinton.